Cockroaches are not only creepy, but they can also spread disease through the transmission of decaying matter. Their feces can cause allergies and asthma, particularly in children and babies. To prevent cockroaches from infesting your seaside home, follow these five preventative measures.
1. Identify Prime Habitat and Treatment Spots
To effectively control cockroach infestations, it’s important to understand where these pests are most likely to thrive. In South Africa, there are many types of cockroaches, but three culprits cause the most infestations.
These three are the most common types you can find in our country, namely the American cockroach, the German cockroach, and the brown-banded cockroach. Each species has its own preferred habitat and behavior patterns. By identifying these habitats, you can target treatment spots and prevent infestations.
The American cockroach is the largest species found in South African homes, measuring between 35 to 40 mm with a shiny, reddish-brown outer shell. These pests are often found in dark, undisturbed areas, such as floorboards, kitchens, and roof crevices.
They are known to carry diseases due to their habit of living in drains and sewers. These roaches are attracted to warm, humid environments and are known to fly into homes during the summer months, making beach houses particularly appealing to them.
German roaches, which originated in North-East Africa, are known to spread more diseases than other species. They are typically smaller than American cockroaches, measuring only 15 mm, and are brown with two dark stripes running down the thorax.
These pests are commonly found in kitchens, bathrooms, and behind appliances, and are known to reproduce quickly, with females producing up to seven egg cases during their lifetime and three to four generations per year. They prefer humid conditions and are often found in commercial kitchens and bathrooms, where they can stay close to food sources.
Brown-banded cockroaches are smaller than American and German cockroaches, measuring only 14 mm. They are named for the yellowish-brown stripes on their bodies. These cockroaches are not strong fliers and prefer to stay at ground level, only taking to the air in tropical climates.
Unlike the other two species, brown-banded cockroaches are more likely to be found in upper cupboards rather than in damp, humid areas like kitchens and bathrooms. They have a habit of hiding their egg casings under furniture or inside furnishings, making them particularly difficult to control.
2.Keep Your Home Clean and Clutter-Free
Cockroaches are attracted to warm, humid environments, so it’s important to keep your beach house clean and well-ventilated. Make sure to sweep, mop, and dust regularly, especially in kitchens and bathrooms. Keep clutter to a minimum, as cockroaches love to hide in piles of paper, cardboard, and other debris.
3. Store Food Properly
Cockroaches are drawn to food, so it’s important to store all food items, including pet food, in sealed containers. Regularly clean out the fridge, pantry, and other food storage areas to remove any crumbs or spills that could attract cockroaches. Similarly, a clean beach home that is free of clutter is less likely to attract these critters.
4. Fix Any Leaks or Damp Spots
Dampness is a key attraction for cockroaches, so it’s important to fix any leaks or damp spots in your beach house as soon as possible. This includes checking pipes, appliances, and the roof for any signs of moisture. Pest controllers can often provide a wide variety of tips and solutions for reducing moisture in coastal homes.
5. Keep Woodpiles and Cardboard Boxes Away from the House
Cockroaches love to breed in wood and paper, so it’s a good idea to keep woodpiles and cardboard boxes away from the house. If you do have wood or paper items inside, make sure to dispose of them regularly or store them in sealed containers.
6. Use Preventative Measures such as Baits and Traps
There are a variety of baits and traps available that can help prevent cockroach infestations. These include bait stations, glue traps, and insecticides. It’s important to follow the instructions on the product packaging and use these products in a safe and responsible manner.
Even so, pest control products alone are often not enough to stop these hardy, feisty critters. That is why many look to professionals for residential and commercial pest control solutions that will last.
7. Consider Hiring a Professional Pest Control Service
If you’re struggling to control a cockroach infestation on your own, consider hiring a professional pest control service. These experts have the knowledge, tools, and experience to eliminate cockroaches effectively from your beach house and help prevent future infestations.
By following these preventative measures, you can help protect your seaside home from cockroaches and the diseases they can spread. Don’t let these pests ruin your beach vacation – take action to prevent them from taking up residence in your home.
Looking for the best solution for a cockroach infestation? Talk to Mostert Pest Control today. We are here to make your summer holiday pleasant and bug-free. Let us advise you and put in place a cockroach eradication plan today!